Center says wayward sea lion must be euthanized

December 6, 2010 5:29:46 PM PST
The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito says a sea lion found near Oakley this weekend will have to be euthanized.

The 5-year-old sea lion Na'au has a fatal case of red algae poisoning, probably from eating fish infected with the algae.

The poison affects a sea lion's ability to navigate, which may explain why she was so far inland.

There is no cure for the poisoning, but researchers will take a tissue sample for further study.